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US Attorney General Bill Barr reportedly stepping down

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US Attorney General William Barr. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Pool via REUTERS)

The US Attorney-General William Barr is reportedly considering stepping down before the end of Donald Trump’s administration on 20 January 2021.

Barr, who has often been criticised for steering the Justice Department into supporting Trump’s political agenda, said last week that federal investigators could find no evidence to support the president’s claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.

Following his investigation, the Attorney-General reportedly had a tense meeting with the incumbent president, who still has not conceded the November 3rd presidential election vote which he insists was “rigged” without offering any evidence.

Barr has actually been considering his resignation from a week before the Justice Department announcement was made regarding the lack of evidence of election fraud, and could even be gone before the end of 2020, reported The New York Times.

If that happens, deputy attorney general Jeffrey Rosen is expected to assume the office until president-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on 20 January.

Last week, Trump refused to voice confidence in Barr when asked about his position, and said: “Ask me that in a number of weeks from now.”

US President Donald Trump speaking next to Bill Barr during a discussion with state attorneys general on social media abuses in the Cabinet Room at the White House in September. (Photo: REUTERS/Tom Brenner)

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany had also declined to comment on whether the president still has confidence in  Barr.

Advisers to the president have reportedly cautioned him against sacking Barr before he leaves the White House, noting that the Attorney-General has been more supportive of the president’s political goals than any other Attorney- General in recent history.

The Times reported that unlike many other members of Trump’s cabinet, Barr agrees with most of the president’s positions.

US Attorney General William Barr, a staunch supporter of President Trump, is seemingly on the ropes after effectively rejecting his Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud. (Photo: REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage)

In October, two private ethics groups came out with a report accusing Barr of using the powers of his public office to further Donald Trump’s political objectives and prioritising the president’s interests over those of US national security.

The report had requested the House of Representatives to begin impeachment proceedings against Barr.


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